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tech-ninja
03-27-2011, 05:08 PM
Just thought I'd take a sec and say hey to everyone!

I'm big on diy, roasting coffee, building things, etc. I had thought about getting into brewing beer (a few friends do), but am not a huge beer fan. So I thought about wine and stumbled onto Mead. I wanted to try it and bought some of the Chaucer's mead and enjoyed it. So I figured I would give it a try.

I have been reading around here for a month or two and decided it was time to get in gear and make some JAO.

I kicked off my JAO (two batches) yesterday and am seeing some bubbles in my airlock!

My dad gave me my grandfather's carboy earlier this year. He would make Scuppernong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuppernong)wine and later in the year, after some practice, I plan to make some in his carboy as a tribute.

I am interested in doing some other fruit wines as well.

Thanks to all for all the information that is posted so far, and I am excited to be a part of the group!

Salut!
tech-ninja

fatbloke
03-27-2011, 05:23 PM
Just thought I'd take a sec and say hey to everyone!

I'm big on diy, roasting coffee, building things, etc. I had thought about getting into brewing beer (a few friends do), but am not a huge beer fan. So I thought about wine and stumbled onto Mead. I wanted to try it and bought some of the Chaucer's mead and enjoyed it. So I figured I would give it a try.

I have been reading around here for a month or two and decided it was time to get in gear and make some JAO.

I kicked off my JAO (two batches) yesterday and am seeing some bubbles in my airlock!

My dad gave me my grandfather's carboy earlier this year. He would make Scuppernong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuppernong)wine and later in the year, after some practice, I plan to make some in his carboy as a tribute.

I am interested in doing some other fruit wines as well.

Thanks to all for all the information that is posted so far, and I am excited to be a part of the group!

Salut!
tech-ninja
Welcome to Gotmead.

You've picked a good choice for a start recipe, especially if you stick to the recipe (yes, patience isn't the easiest thing to learn.....)

A lot just don't seem to "get it". It's a guess, but there does seem to be good reason for the way Joe wrote the recipe, despite a few things that are normally "no-no's". Just stick with it. It's often drinkable once it's cleared and racked off the debris, but if you can get it bottled and leave it for 6 months, it improves a hell of a lot.

If you haven't already, then I urge you to read the "NewBee guide (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=108&Itemid=14)". There's a lot of stuff there that's worth noting. Sure there's also things that will prompt questions as well.

Plus while you're waiting, check around locally to see if you have a decent home brew shop, and maybe a local honey dealer, or bee keeping group, where you can get good, raw and unprocessed honey.

regards

fatbloke

tech-ninja
03-27-2011, 05:31 PM
Welcome to Gotmead.

You've picked a good choice for a start recipe, especially if you stick to the recipe (yes, patience isn't the easiest thing to learn.....)

A lot just don't seem to "get it". It's a guess, but there does seem to be good reason for the way Joe wrote the recipe, despite a few things that are normally "no-no's". Just stick with it. It's often drinkable once it's cleared and racked off the debris, but if you can get it bottled and leave it for 6 months, it improves a hell of a lot.

If you haven't already, then I urge you to read the "NewBee guide (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=108&Itemid=14)". There's a lot of stuff there that's worth noting. Sure there's also things that will prompt questions as well.

Plus while you're waiting, check around locally to see if you have a decent home brew shop, and maybe a local honey dealer, or bee keeping group, where you can get good, raw and unprocessed honey.

regards

fatbloke

Thanks!

You are right, patience is the hardest part. I started it yesterday and already can't wait to try it! LOL! I can already forsee I'll need some sort of rotation...

I am very lucky to have two great places near me-
Thomas Creek Brewery (http://www.thomascreekbeer.com/homebrew.html) has a great homebrew shop and that is where I got a lot of my tools
Bee Well Honey and Natural Market (http://www.beewellhoneyfarm.com/) is only about 6 miles from the house! $9 for a quart and a dollar off if I bring the jar back for refill. That didn't seem to bad...

Thanks again for the welcome!

TheAlchemist
03-27-2011, 09:57 PM
Welcome to the mazer's world...
You'll be a junkie before you know it.

Chevette Girl
03-28-2011, 02:09 AM
Welcome to the addiction!! Joe's Ancient Orange is awesome and a great start, even though you get to break all the rules.

And nice to see someone else interested in fruit wines too, you don't always HAVE to use honey...

I foretell that soon, you're going to be walking through the produce aisle, looking at everything through new eyes... "Ooh, I bet I could ferment that!" "How would that taste in a mead?" ... just like the rest of us... :)

Tiwas
03-28-2011, 02:26 AM
Welcome to the addiction!! Joe's Ancient Orange is awesome and a great start, even though you get to break all the rules.

I really need to try that some time. Maybe it's a good regression :p


[COLOR="Purple"]you don't always HAVE to use honey...

I'm having a hard time believing that :p



I foretell that soon, you're going to be walking through the produce aisle, looking at everything through new eyes... "Ooh, I bet I could ferment that!" "How would that taste in a mead?" ... just like the rest of us... :)

Cough syrup melomel? :eek:

K5MOW
03-28-2011, 08:23 AM
Welcome to gotmead.

Roger

tech-ninja
03-28-2011, 11:01 AM
Welcome to the addiction!! Joe's Ancient Orange is awesome and a great start, even though you get to break all the rules.

And nice to see someone else interested in fruit wines too, you don't always HAVE to use honey...

I foretell that soon, you're going to be walking through the produce aisle, looking at everything through new eyes... "Ooh, I bet I could ferment that!" "How would that taste in a mead?" ... just like the rest of us... :)
I have read some of your brewlogs about fruit wine, so don't be surprised when I try some of your recipes. ;)

We have a great place nearby called The Happy Berry (http://www.thehappyberry.com/). It's a pick your own fruit farm and I'm sure as the harvesting season hits, I'll be trying a bunch of new stuff.